PADI Rescue Diver Workshop in Bangkok

12 Sep

In August 2017, PADI Members gathered in Bangkok to attend the PADI Rescue Diver Workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to refresh and further develop the skills required to teach the Rescue Diver course. It also gave attendees the opportunity to raise any queries they had and speak with PADI Staff directly.

As part of the workshop, PADI representatives gave updates on the revised Rescue Diver course materials, as well as a demonstration of relevant digital products and the online processing system.

This was followed by the group observing and practising skills required when teaching the Rescue Diver course. Attendees also took part in an introduction to freediving under the instruction of PADI Freediver Instructor Ploy Malaiwongs.

Speaking about the event, PADI Territory Director, Tim Hunt, said:

“Thanks to everyone involved in the PADI Rescue Diver workshop in Bangkok. We believe it’s important that PADI Members feel confident in the skills and materials required to deliver courses and this workshop provided us with an opportunity to support this. It was great to see so many enthusiastic members in Bangkok and we look forward to hosting similar workshops in the future.”

For information about future events, keep an eye on the PADI Blog or speak with your Regional Manager.


Video by Napaket (Apple) Limthanakit

PADI Business Academy Outbound Chinese Tourism – Koh Samui & Kuala Lumpur

8 Sep

Don’t miss the last PADI Business Academy Outbound Chinese Tourism seminars for 2017!

Koh Samui – Sunday, 10 December 2017 – Register now

Kuala Lumpur – Wednesday, 13 December 2017 – Register now

With more than one in ten international tourists worldwide from China, it’s no wonder people want to know more about how to engage with this emerging market. Last year alone there were over 120 million outward-bound journeys from China, of which around half were for leisure.

With the rapid growth of Chinese travelling overseas, ‘PADI Business Academy – Outbound Chinese Tourism’ is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn how to engage with the Chinese market and ignite growth in all operational aspects of your business.

What will be covered?

  • What the Chinese consumer is worth to your business
  • Elements of a successful website
  • Social media – Weibo, WeChat and video platforms such as Youku and Tencent Video
  • Managing your Social Media accounts
  • Referral programs and implementation
  • Chinese Instructor development opportunities
  • Marketing tools and Chinese services available to PADI Members

BONUS – Early Bird Offer

Register your place before Sunday, 29 October for Koh Samui or before Wednesday, 1 November for Kuala Lumpur to receive AUD$20 off the cost of your registration. Plus, with every third paid attendee, you will receive a fourth free. So get in early and register your spot today.

The number of attendees is limited to ensure that the PADI Business Academy staff can really focus on you. Register today to make sure you don’t miss out.

 

Help Improve Our Oceans

7 Sep

Written by Megan Denny

National Geographic estimates 5.25 trillion pieces of trash end up in the ocean every year. That’s about 700 pieces of trash for every man, woman and child on the planet. And, a lot of that rubbish is plastic. The volume and types of trash in the ocean affects all marine creatures, from the smallest zooplankton to the largest whales.

As a dive professional, you’re uniquely qualified to help turn the tide toward a healthier ocean. There are many ways to make a difference including participating in year-round Project AWARE® Dive Against Debris® surveys or organizing a special event on Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day. Here are a few suggestions and examples of what other PADI® Pros are doing for International Coastal Cleanup Day this September.

Saturday, 16 September

International Coastal Cleanup Day is an ideal way to do important work for the local community and raise awareness about your business. Here are some tips for running a successful cleanup event:

  • Get the word out – Send a short press release to local news organisations (templates and tools are available on the PADI Pros’ Site).
  • Stock up – Encourage divers to get equipped with mesh collection bags, knives and gloves. Invite topside participants to bring gardening gloves, but bring extra gloves for those who forget.
  • Buddy up – Invite local environmental organizations to participate and help get the word out.
  • Create incentives – Jack’s Diving Locker in Hawai’i offers a free rental tank and half off rental gear to divers participating in their shoreline and underwater cleanup. Their 2017 event takes place on International Coastal Cleanup Day at the Kailua-Kona Pier from 9am – noon.
  • Document your activities: create a recap video or slideshow to share on social media and with local news outlets.

Take Action Year Round

You don’t need to wait for International Coastal Cleanup Day to take action. Through Dive Against Debris surveys, divers can remove debris throughout the year at any dive location across the globe. If you dive at the same site frequently, why not adopt it? Project AWARE provides a suite of survey tools and a yearly report on the state of your local dive site. Simply conduct Dive Against Debris surveys once a month and report the marine debris you find. Receive special recognition for your efforts in addition to the feel-good benefits of helping the planet and local community. Learn more at: projectaware.org/adoptadivesite.

Make Good Choices

While out of the water there are things you can do to support a clean and healthy ocean.

Say “no” to single-use plastics – Especially items like cups, straws and cutlery. Choose reusable snack bags over plastic ones, and switch to biodegradable trash bags. Plastic production has skyrocketed from 7 million tons in 1950 to almost 300 million tons today. What’s even scarier: most of that plastic is still around. By reducing plastic consumption we can reduce the plastic pollution in our ocean. Here’s a humorous video you can share online to encourage friends to avoid disposable plastics.

Donate to Project AWARE – Challenge friends, family and your student divers to do the same by creating a fundraising campaign. Get started at org/support. You can also peruse fundraising campaigns from fellow ocean-lovers at Finathon.org.

12 Activities to Keep Divers Active and Increase Business

9 Aug

Written by Megan Denny

Many people become divers because they’re curious about the underwater world. But often it’s the friendships and camaraderie that keep people diving, taking trips and furthering their dive education.

The social aspects of scuba are also key to growing and maintaining a successful dive business – divers sharing their passion for scuba with family and friends is what fuels our industry. Scuba marketing trends come and go, but there’s always been one constant: word of mouth. Divers invite friends, who make new friends and they all go diving.

Successful dive centres continually bring customers together through diving and nondiving activities. If you aren’t yet running events where divers and nondivers can mingle, choose an idea from the list below.

Family and Friends Discover Scuba® Diving Event

Host a friends and family Discover Scuba Diving (DSD®) event. Promote the event by emailing past student divers a free Discover Scuba Diving voucher, or creating a social media post for your event and inviting followers to tag or share with friends.

Here are some additional ideas to jump-start your dive centre’s social calendar.

Diving Activities

  • Host a weekly or monthly fun dive followed by a picnic, BBQ or pizza party where kids and spouses are invited.
  • Challenge new divemasters to bring in two friends to do a DSD. The divemaster gains assisting experience and you may get two new divers.
  • If you have easy pool access, start a birthday party program for children or adults. Grown ups can have a private DSD experience for their friends, and kids can enjoy Bubblemaker®.
  • Start a women’s dive group with regular fun dives, DSDs, ReActivate® sessions, or a ladies’ weekend getaway.

Nondiving Activities

  • Each month (or quarter) celebrate all divers who earned a certification.
  • Invite VIP customers to a thank-you party and give them a pair of free DSD vouchers to share with friends.
  • Schedule a PADI Go PRO Night.
  • Host a travel night and ensure your most gregarious travelers attend.
  • Try a Dive Against Debris® event during the weekend, or at night during a full moon.
  • Celebrate the dive centre’s birthday and staff milestones.
  • Start a year-end awards tradition (most accomplished, best sunburn, coolest critter photo, etc.).
  • Throw a shark-themed or Shark Week party.

Friends with Health Benefits

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Adults with strong social support have a reduced risk of many significant health problems, including depression, high blood pressure and an unhealthy body mass index (BMI). Studies have even found that older adults with a rich social life are likely to live longer than their peers with fewer connections.”

Help your customers strengthen their social bonds and find new dive buddies at shop-sponsored diving and nondiving events. When divers have friends to dive with, they dive more and that’s also good for the health of your business.

PADI Instructor Examinations for July, 2017

9 Aug

Congratulations to the many new PADI Instructors who completed their PADI Instructor Examinations in July.

05 July | Tauranga, New Zealand

05 July | Puerto Galera, Philippines

08 July | Boracay, Philippines

09 July | Miri, Malaysia

11 July | Kunming, China

11 July | Dumaguete, Philippines

12 July | Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

12 July | Pattaya, Thailand

14 July | Cebu, Philippines

14 July | Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

15 July | Amed, Indonesia

15 July | Phuket, Thailand

17 July | El Nido, Philippines

18 July | Koh Tao, Thailand

19 July | Gili Islands, Indonesia

22 July | Sydney, Australia

22 July | Bali, Indonesia

22 July | Jakarta, Indonesia

26 July | Bohol, Philippines

The Undersea Journal – Third Quarter 2017 Now Available

8 Aug

Each quarter The Undersea Journal® is filled with stories and articles that help you stay informed and inspired as a PADI® Professional. In addition to the printed magazine there are several digital reading options for this useful publication:

  1. Via the Zinio app on your computer or mobile device. If you’re a digital subscriber, you receive an email notification that your publication is available for viewing on Zinio.
  2. Using the PADI Library App (Apple App Store | Play):– From your mobile device, open your Library in your PADI Library App, download and view.
    – On your computer, select Certification Paks from the Log In tab at the top of padi.com. From there you’ll be able to view the magazine in the Online Manuals portal.
  3. As a PDF on the PADI Pros’ Site. Log on to the Pros’ Site and click on the References tab. You can download the entire magazine or choose to download it in sections.

If you’ve opted for the printed version, it will continue to be delivered to your mailing address.

PADI Women’s Dive Day – A Huge Success

8 Aug

A special thank you to all who took part in PADI Women’s Dive Day 2017. You helped strengthen and grow the dive community while attracting new people to diving and freediving. You also helped motivate female divers to get back in the water and continue their dive adventures. The success of PADI Women’s Dive Day is only possible due to your enthusiasm and participation.

PADI Members in 85 countries hosted a record 884 events celebrating the third annual PADI Women’s Dive Day on 15 July 2017. Showing continued growth since the inaugural event in 2015, this year’s special day garnered more than 90 million media impressions reaching millions of people via social media. On Instagram alone, posts tagged with #PADIWomensDiveDay, #WomensDiveDay and #PADIWomen reached more than five million people with eight million impressions.

Each PADI Women’s Dive Day event was one-of-a-kind, catering to the specific interests of female divers (or soon to be divers) in the community. Events included everything from underwater cleanups and fundraisers to shark dives and travel adventures. Some events included female-only dive courses or excursions while others encouraged the whole family to participate. All the events had some common goals – to strengthen bonds within the dive community, get more people actively diving and create more ocean ambassadors.

Here are just a few examples from Women’s Dive Day:

Supporting the Next Generation

Malé City, Maldives – Moodhu Bulhaa Dive Centre, Dive Desk, Dive Club Maldives, Divers Lodge Maldives and Marine Faculty Villa College all came together to inspire the next wave of women divers across the Maldives. The event was so successful, they’re already planning ahead for #PADIWomensDiveDay2018. Check out their video below.

 

Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA – More than 80 people across New England rallied support for the next generation of female divers in an event that raised more than $3800 US for the Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarship Program. “The group empowerment was ever present, but helping out the next generation of ladies was even more what people were all about,” says Susan Copelas. “I am truly speechless with this awesome group of women who came together to find new dive buddies and network, and left with a more enriched life and a better awareness of the importance of protecting our oceans.”

International Educational Events – Broadreach celebrated PADI Women’s Dive Day with events in the Caribbean, Fiji, Curaçao, Bali, Bonaire, Bahamas and Grenadines that introduced young women to diving and for those already certified, further developed their love for scuba. Activities included group dives, new PADI Open Water Diver certifications, a thank you celebration for female scuba instructors and dive demos for local communities. Each event was dedicated to empowering girls to be smart, confident divers, role models and future scuba leaders.

Inspiring Ambassadors for the Ocean

El Puertito, Tenerife, Canary Islands – Excel-Scuba joined the global Women’s Dive Day celebrations by taking action for a clean ocean with a Project AWARE® Dive Against Debris® survey – collecting critically-needed data to reveal the extent of the global marine debris crisis and help conservationists advocate for change. The day was followed by a well-deserved sunset barbeque on the beach.

Nikoi Island, Indonesia – GS-Diving in Singapore spread awareness for clean oceans and the environment by incorporating an underwater cleanup into their Women’s Dive Day trip to Nikoi Island, as part of their commitment to Project AWARE®. The event concluded with a celebratory barbeque on their liveaboard Seaborne.

Introducing People to Diving

Izmir, Turkey – 300 BAR Dive Center partnered with Karşıyaka Municipality to host a two-date event for new and existing divers. PADI Instructors, commercial divers, yoga instructors and even a Guinness World Record-holding athlete led inspirational and educational seminars. Attendees then took part in a yoga class as well as both freediving and scuba diving in the pool.

Anda, Philippines – Magic Oceans Dive Resort invited nondivers to try diving in the pool and then embark on a boat adventure and snorkel trip with PADI Professionals.

Sharing Bubbles, Great Times and More Dive Adventures

Glenelg North, Australia – Adelaide Scuba hosted a ladies-only event for its female divers to connect out on the water, go diving and bond over a special barbeque lunch.

Key Largo, Florida, USA – Rainbow Reef teamed up with the History of Diving Museum for a Ladies in Diving seminar followed by yoga, a barbeque lunch and incredible reef diving. Women Diving Hall of Famers and female conservation leaders joined in to inspire, educate and motivate all involved. “On PADI Women’s Dive Day, I was surrounded by female divers, which meant I was simultaneously surrounded by my peers and my heroes,” says Shayna Cohen, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer at Rainbow Reef Dive Center. “I giant-strided into an ocean brimming with female buddies, divemasters and instructors, off the stern of a boat run by a female captain and first mate. As I watched an 11 year-old girl follow behind me, I could see the dive industry changing from its historically male-dominated past. It’s important for the world to know that female divers are great divers: they’re strong, smart, courageous, adventurous and compassionate, and they’re here to make waves.”

See more of #PADIWomensDiveDay as told by you in the PADI Women’s Dive Day 2017 photo album on Facebook.

Take part in the PADI Women’s Dive Day Global Video Contest. Share a video of your event with the PADI Marketing Team by 15 August 2017 and be entered to win a free 2018 PADI Membership Renewal. Click here for additional information and Official Rules.

Save the date! Next year’s PADI Women’s Dive Day will be on Saturday, 21 July 2018.